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This Sunday, June 21, 2020, we will celebrate our fathers on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fathers/fathering and fatherhood.
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.
Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19,1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that the holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Under President Nixon, in 1972, Congress passed an act officially making Father’s Day a national holiday.
Father’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday in June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives.
Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.